By Peter C. Rollins
All too usually Hollywood portrays local americans both as bloodthirsty savages, ever able to scalp the blameless and natural, or as noble shamans, evenly sharing their gathered knowledge with the white guy. not often has the Indian's personal view of himself or his tradition been represented in movies or different visible media.This choice of essays deals either in-depth analyses of particular movies and overviews of Hollywood's depiction of local american citizens from the times of silent motion pictures to Disney's Pocahontas. jointly, the writers discover the numerous ways that the differing portrayals -- detrimental, sympathetic, or sensible -- have mirrored higher alterations in American society and their influence on our collective cultural lifestyles.
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26/ Ted Jojola Star Trek: The Next Generation. " 1994. NBC-TV In this New Agey episode, a space cadet is mentored by a tribal shaman, played by Native actor Tom Jackson. The novelty here is that a futuristic space colony, dubbed Taos (after the centuries-old Earth village, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico), still has Indians wearing braids and made-in-Taiwan jewelry. Star Trek: Voyager. " 1996. FOX-TV Another of the knock-off series spawned from the prolific Star Trek seed, this particular episode successfully captures the worst elements of native image appropriation.
Even more important, however, they were commercial products aimed at the moviegoing public of young adults who, by profitable coincidence, also represented the age group most deeply involved in the antiwar movement. Some of the films discussed here offer striking contrasts and similarities. The Vanishing American and Broken Arrow present a "noble savage" stereotype, while Drums along the Mohawk deals with the era of the American Revolution, and its production was fraught with worries about how to portray the British as an enemy.
Directed by Richard Bugajski. A brutal film that is evenly divided between its native protagonists and antagonists. Two Native people succeed in manifesting elements of terrorism, emoting from the frustrations of a dejected non-Indian lawyer whose stay to suspend the cIearcutting of tribal woodlands is overruled. Dances With Wolves. 1990. Orion. Directed by Kevin Costner. Winner of seven Absurd Reality II / 23 Academy Awards, including Best Picture for 1990. Extraordinarycinematography overwhelms what is a mushy, formulaic, romantic plot at best.